You may not be howling at the moon for any reason this year. We see expenses straying a little beyond where you would like them; keep an eye out for that or there’ll be a spaniel in the works. Not a few small niggles, chihuahuas nipping at your heels, a great dane leaning on you for a bit of shut-eye, perhaps even the odd bull terrier deciding to sharpen its teeth on your shin bone - don’t let any of this hound you off course.

Earth Dog:
16 Feb 2018 – 04 Feb 2019
18 Feb 1958 – 07 Feb 1959
Fire Dog:
29 Jan 2006 – 17 Feb 2007
02 Feb 1946 – 21 Jan 1947
Wood Dog:
10 Feb 1994 – 30 Jan 1995
14 Feb 1934 – 03 Feb 1935
Water Dog:
25 Jan 1982 – 12 Feb 1983
28 Jan 1922 – 15 Feb 1923
Metal Dog:
06 Feb 1970 – 26 Jan 1971
10 Feb 1910 – 29 Jan 1911


Paws for thought, and pause again before crossing the road to rifle that bin. The bin might be loaded and the road might be slippery. Whatever it is that you do this year, accidents are on the horizon and care is called for. The party dogs among you might consider taking this opportunity to become the designated driver.


Loyalty is your stock in trade and you'll be better off going after long-term investments than chasing hubcaps and other short-term gains - do the latter and chances are your bank account will go to the dogs. There’s a cat around every corner this year, just waiting to sell you a pup. Do you want to be a dog with a bone? Then choose quality over quantity.


The rise of the shaggy dog. Tail up, ears drooping, head cocked to the side, now smell every tail you can. This is a fine year for relationships. If you're in one, then even more love and understanding will come to you. If you’d like to be in one then get out and hunt. If you'd prefer to remain single, just gaze in the mirror, those cracks will disappear of their own accord.


If you've been standing in front of the mirror in the work bathroom, puffing your chest out like a mastiff, you might want to keep it there and not take it back to the floor. This is not the year you discover the after-hours key to the butcher's coldroom and wolf everything down. Be on guard so that you don’t prove that you’re all poodle. Eat whatever is in the bowl.

Guiding hexagram from the Yi-Jing (Book of Changes)

Return. Success. Going out and coming in without error. On the seventh day comes return. It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
Thunder within the earth: the image of the turning point. The kings closed the passes at the time of solstice. Merchants and strangers did not go about.
Six in the fourth place means walking in the midst of others, one returns alone.
Quite the reading: Door-to-door sales-folk and strangers not selling anything are often taking your attention away from important matters. Not having them about is good for you. Walking in the midst of others but returning alone - we see you herding cattle to the lower paddock. Cattle in, gate locked, time for you to stretch out by the fire.